His Life In Us

Colossians 3:4—”When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

What does it mean that Christ is our life?  What is this life?

John 6:40—”For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”

This eternal life in us is the life of Jesus.  John 14:6–Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Galatians 2:20—”I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

From these scriptures we glean that Jesus is living His life in and through us.

As I look back over my life and career, I can see that He was indeed living His life through me.  If I look at yesterday or even right now, it is a little more difficult to see.  His life is expressed through each of us in a personal way.  He is like an artist painting a portrait of us on a canvass.  At times all we may see is ourselves, sans Jesus.  However, He is being expressed in our everyday lives as this portrait begins to reflect His image.

Colossians 3:10–and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness” (2 Peter 1:3).

“It was an “aha moment” for me. Jesus not only saved me, but through His power, I’ve been given an inexhaustible heavenly resource that enables me to live a godly life. 

This is good news! You and I can do what pleases God when we depend on the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, it’s impossible to conquer temptation and sin or gain victory over ungodly habits or hurts. We must depend solely on God’s supernatural power to do in us what we cannot do ourselves. 

Suddenly, it all became clear. There was never anything missing from my relationship with God. He hadn’t left me unequipped. I was simply trusting in my own ability instead of relying on God’s supernatural-ability in me.

It’s no wonder I was frustrated. True Christianity isn’t about me living for Jesus; it’s about letting Jesus live through me.

Trying to live the Christian life in my own strength was exhausting and discouraging. Once I began relying on the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ life was free to flow through me. Now, I have what my heart longed for most — an intimate relationship with God.”  From Proverbs 31 Ministries website

Lord, rather than us trying to live our lives for You, may You empower us with faith to let go and let You live Your life through us.  Only You can keep us from stumbling.  Only You can present us before Our Father with great joy.

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